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The Resurrection of Christ: The Power of an Empty Tomb: Introduction

23 Apr

Introduction

John 20:1-10 “The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulcher, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulcher. Then she runneth, and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and saith unto them, they have taken away the Lord out of the sepulcher, and we know not where they have laid him. Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulcher. So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulcher. And he stooping down, and looking in, saw the linen clothes lying; yet went he not in. Then cometh Simon Peter following him, and went into the sepulcher, and seeth the linen clothes lie, and the napkin, that was about his head, not lying with the linen clothes, but wrapped together in a place by itself, then went in also that other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed. For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again unto their own home.”

The Apostle John records the resurrection of Christ from the dead as the crowning testimony of His Gospel account of the ministry of Christ in order that you and I would “believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that believing, you might have life through His name.” Paul writes in I Corinthians 15:14, 15, 17 that “if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain…and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not…And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.” Paul basically says that if Christ did not literally, bodily rise from the dead as the scriptures proclaim, then every Christian is without hope, lost in his sins, Christ is just another man, and the apostles are all unashamed liars. No man can take a middle ground when dealing with the claims of Christ and the apostles! As Josh McDowell states in his book Evidence that Demands a Verdict, Christ is a liar, a lunatic, or the risen Lord. I would like to present to you the powerful biblical testimony of the resurrection of Christ and then give a brief biblical encouragement that flows from this powerful testimony.

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